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Subject: Happy Halloween and Farewell to a Friend...
Just enjoyed a 30th anniversary listen for this show. I was not disappointed:
Set 1: I love a Wang Dang Doodle opener, especially one that transitions (check out the Wang Dang Doodle>Jack Straw from 10/11/83 in NYC) and this ride right into Esau is a great way to start off a Halloween Night. Rooster and BEW are both solid but it's the second part of Set where the band really heats up. Peggy-O has a nice jam nestled in the middle and the Lost SS>SOS>Deal is infections, wrapping up a strong, enjoyable first set.
Set 2: Who doesn't love Help>Slip>Frankln? This one shifts set 2 up into high gear from the get-go. Estimated is strong (despite Bobby getting a little excited with the vocals,resulting in a bit of a "Donna" moment) and makes the familiar transition into a gorgeous, rollicking Eyes. From there, we travel through Drums & Space to meet St. Stephen. Sadly, it will be for the last time. As Deadbass noted, you can almost hear the sadness in Jerry's voice, as if he's saying goodbye to an old friend he knows he'll never see again. (However, I have to note that his voice is probably just strained from a long night of singing and years of, well, I won't get into that. I say this because I find it unlikely that the band ever definitely said "never again" to a song. St. Stephen probably just finally found the answer to that answer and walked away along a foamy shore.) Stephen yields to a fledgeling but pleasant Throwing Stones (in hindsight, it's kind of eerie, such a seasoned old tune segueing into one so young...almost as if passing the mantle even though Hell In A Bucket would have been more appropriate.)A rip-roaring, Brent-heavy NFA closes out Set 2 and is arguably the show's MVP. The Revolution encore isn't bad but leaves a lot to be desired on the vocal end.
Overall, I highly recommend this show. Even if the early 80's isn't your thing, there's something for everyone here and the historical significance of the last St. Stephen alone makes it worth the ride. A few mix issues here and there aside, this SBD is clear and fairly well balanced.
Thanks to Scott Clugston for bringing us this rocking show!
Subject: Weird mix
During Stephen, keys and vocals are way out front and Jerry's guitar is hard to hear. Also Garcia sounds sad singing this (compare it to the previous version in Hartford 2 weeks earlier). Maybe he knew it would be the last time they performed this iconic tune. At least it was in Marin.
Subject: Thankyou For The Soundboards
I love being able to listen to a show from the soundboards especially one this good. don't get me wrong I like good auds but its like having desert after eating the meat. I wish there were more of these from show I attended. I was not at this show but It's in my top ten